(ESPAÑOL) President Trump has formally asked a federal court to overturn a Seattle judge’s injunction halting his immigration ban, after a day in which he criticized the judge’s ruling as “ridiculous” and a “terrible decision.”
In a short notice of appeal filed Saturday evening, the Department of Justice, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson formally notified the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals of their intention. The filing contains no legal arguments; those are expected to come later.
That judge, U.S. District Senior Judge James Robart, sitting in Seattle, issued the temporary restraining order Friday night that immediately lifted the ban.
Trump first blasted the ruling by the “so-called judge,” tweeting that his opinion “essentially takes law-enforcement away from our country, is ridiculous and will be overturned!” Even before the president’s comments, the White House said the federal government would challenge the decision. ACLU officials promised to oppose the president’s newest effort, which is also opposed by 16 state attorneys general.
The executive order signed by Trump on Jan. 27 had suspended the entry of all refugees to the U.S. for 120 days, halted admission of refugees from Syria indefinitely and barred entry for three months to residents from the predominantly Muslim countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.
Following Robart’s ruling, the State Department said it was restoring tens of thousands of canceled visas for foreigners while the Department of Homeland Security “suspended all actions” for enforcing the ban and instead began standard inspection of travelers.
The ACLU and other advocacy groups had been working to extend a temporary stay on the order issued last week after it sparked chaos and protests at airports across the country. On Saturday, such groups were urging travelers caught in limbo to act quickly.
“We encourage all U.S. visa holders who have been affected by the order to travel to the United States as soon as possible, while the stay is in place,” said Becca Heller, director of the International Refugee Assistance Project in New York.